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BUCKNER – The Oldham County Lady Colonels softball team dispatched of Trimble County with workmanlike efficiency May 21, winning their third straight district tournament 7-2.The celebration was minimal from a team that has played into June the last three years.The district tournament taken care of, their eyes are set on a bigger prize, their third straight regional title.Coach Dennis Summitt said this is the most talented team top to bottom he has coached at OCHS and they are peaking at the right time, as they have the last couple seasons.“When we’re good, we’re really good,” he said. “But when we’re bad, we’re really bad.”Senior Tia McIntosh said earlier in the year the team let errors and bad plays get them into a negative mindset, spiraling out of control.The chemistry on this team is great, she said. She and Michelle Dresselhaus have both been playing on the high school team for seven years, so they know each other and the other girls really well by now.Over the last five games of the season, the Colonels outscored their opponents 51-2, including Wednesday night’s win, bringing their record up to 19-12 heading into regions.The Colonels gained their first lead of the game in the top of the second inning when Kim McIlhenny hit a bomb to the wall that was dropped by the centerfielder. Cheyenne Cornett scored her from second with a bloop single to right. Cornett advanced to second, then to third on subsequent passed balls.Kelly Vogel popped up between the secondfielder, centerfielder and rightfielder. No one made a play on the ball as it dropped in the middle of them. Cornett scored for 2-0 lead. A strikeout and a pop-up finished the inning.McIlhenny had another big hit in the third inning, when she hit a deep single to drive in Dresselhaus who had hit a line drive to left to make it 3-0.The Colonels consistently put the ball in play all game as Trimble’s veteran pitcher Kaitlyn Teague recorded only two strikeouts. Dresselhaus pitched four scoreless innings with six strikeouts. In the fifth, Summitt put in McIntosh.Summitt said he switched pitchers to keep the Trimble hitters off balance with a slightly different delivery. McIntosh was also effective, striking out eight, while allowing two runs.Summitt said neither of his pitchers are overpowering, but a combination of pitching with good location and a strong defense makes them both tough to score on.In the fifth inning, the Colonels opened up the game, creating a cushion they wouldn’t relinquish. Jessica Reinbold took a pitch to the arm, and McIlhenny singled to reach base.McIntosh hit a hard line drive to bring them both in. Kelly Vogel’s base hit brought in McIntosh to make the score 6-0.In the sixth inning, McIntosh walked the first two batters to set up a dribbler of a single that erased the shutout.McIlhenny hit a hot grounder in the sixth inning to push the lead to 7-1.A couple base hits allowed the final run of the ballgame, 7-2, before McIntosh buckled down and got strikeout before fielding a grounder and tossing the ball to first to close the game.All-districtLocal players on the all-district tournament team were from North Oldham: Bailey Campbell and Elizabeth Young, from South Oldham: Allie Braden and Stacy Wood, and from Oldham County: Michelle Dresselhaus, Tia McIntosh, Kim McIlhenny and Jessica Reinbold.
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